Vidya Balan to play Carnatic vocalist M S Subbulakshmi in biopic

Mumbai, Feb 14 (TruthDive): Vidya Balan is likely to play the iconic Carnatic vocalist MS Subbulakshmi in a biopic to be directed by the cinematographer-turned-director Rajiv Menon.

Initially, Rajiv Menon approached Aishwarya Rai, but the actress turned down the offer. Rajiv Menon has previously worked with Aishwarya in the Tamil film, Kandukondain Kandukondain, and he felt that she would well suit the role of MS Subbulakshmi.

Reports say that Aishwarya was not keen to be part of the biopic on the first musician awarded with the Bharat Ratna because she felt that the movie is more of an art film and it did not have the elements of a mainstream Bollywood movie.

Menon is currently shooting an ad abroad with giraffes and lions in South Africa. He said that he had already narrated the script to Vidya and she has liked it. They would now be taking the project to the next level next week after he returns to India.

The Subbulakshmi saga spans 88 years and her biopic would be made at an estimated cost of Rs 70 crore in three languages Hindi, Tamil and English.

One of Rajiv’s close friends from the Tamil film industry said that Rajiv has been extremely interested in Carnatic music for years, especially MS Subbulakshmi’s music. He has lived with this project for many years. Rajiv has felt that Vidya with her intense understanding of Hindustani music would be able to give a good shape to legendary icon’s life.

Unlike Vidya’s previous biopic of Southern star Silk Smitha, ‘The Dirty Picture’, which was a very selective bio-pic taking the more sensational aspects of Silk Smitha’s life and career, Menon’s biopic of MS Subbulakshmi would transverse the singer’s entire life and career.

It is now on the part of Vidya, who has to work very hard on the body language and the vocal inflexions.

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